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Jan 11, 2002

Jan 11, 2002

Five-state survey finds antibiotic-resistant enterococci in ground pork

(CIDRAP News) – A recent analysis of ground pork in grocery stores in five states showed that 4% of the samples contained enterococci with high-level resistance to gentamicin, an antibiotic used to treat enterococcal infections in humans. In addition, most Enterococcus faecium isolates were resistant to quinupristin-dalfopristin (Synercid), a streptogramin antibiotic used to treat infections caused by vancomycin-resistant E faecium.

Jan 18, 2002

Jan 18, 2002

Survey finds no link between foodborne-illness risk and acceptance of irradiation

(CIDRAP News) – A recent survey of more than 10,000 people in seven states found no connection between people's risk factors for foodborne illness, such as risky food-handling habits, and their willingness to buy irradiated meat and poultry, according to a report in the December Journal of Food Protection.

Jan 30, 2002

Jan 30, 2002

State health emergency laws aren't ready for bioterrorism, says expert

(CIDRAP News) – In view of the specter of bioterrorism, it's time to overhaul the hodgepodge of outdated, little-known, inconsistent state laws dealing with public health emergencies in the United States, an expert on the subject told a conference audience in Minneapolis yesterday.

Feb 05, 2002

Feb 05, 2002

Bush proposes $146 million increase in USDA funds to protect food supply

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration wants to provide the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) with an extra $146 million to protect the nation's food supply in fiscal 2003.

Feb 15, 2002

Feb 15, 2002

Wide range of smallpox research efforts cited in WHO decision to retain virus stocks

(CIDRAP News) – A report that paved the way for the World Health Organization's (WHO's) recent recommendation to keep intact the two known collections of smallpox virus cites a wide range of ongoing research on smallpox, including genome sequencing, molecular diagnostic techniques, antiviral drugs, and new vaccines.

Feb 28, 2002

Feb 28, 2002

GAO says US barriers to mad cow disease are full of holes

Note: This story was updated March 1, 2002, to include additional information about recent federal actions to prevent mad cow disease.

Mar 04, 2002

Mar 04, 2002

Salad blamed for unusual meningitis outbreak in travelers to Jamaica

An NEJM article reports that an outbreak of eosinophilic meningitis in a group of Americans who dined at a Jamaican restaurant marked the first known outbreak of infection with the rat lungworm in the Western Hemisphere.

Mar 08, 2002

Mar 08, 2002

US tularemia rate remains low, with four states accounting for most cases

(CIDRAP News) – Tularemia, one of the six diseases considered most likely to be spread by bioterrorists, remains uncommon in the United States, with 1,368 cases reported between 1990 and 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mar 19, 2002

Mar 19, 2002

US is vulnerable to foodborne bioterrorism, CDC report says

A recent Lancet report says the US needs to strengthen its public health system to minimize the danger.

Mar 27, 2002

Mar 27, 2002

President Bush moves to fill NIH and surgeon general positions

President Bush yesterday nominated an administrator from Johns Hopkins University to head the National Institutes of Health and an Arizona trauma surgeon and public health expert to be surgeon general.

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